The Rundown_ January 10, 2023

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In case you missed it, longtime Archie Comics artist Tim Kennedy handed away final month.

– Fantagraphics will publish “Hogbook and Lazer Eyes,” a graphic memoir by comic Maria Bamford and painter Scott Marvel Cassidy, telling the story of how they turned a pair, albeit “via the prism of their pug housemates.” The e-book, which marks the graphic novel debut of each of them, is called after the usernames they respectively had once they met on OkCupid. It will likely be launched in June 2023.

– Stranger Comics introduced “Niobe: She-Tribe,” a one-shot written by actress Thuso Mbedu (The Lady King) with firm president Sebastian A. Jones, due out Spring 2023. Jones was additionally introduced as creating — through Payback Leisure, the corporate he based with Prentice Penny — “Naija Vamp,” a Nigerian vampire story conceived by Yetide Badaki (American Gods) into a comic book and TV collection. Badaki and Jones will write the comedian, which might be revealed in Summer time 2023. (No inside artists had been revealed for both e-book.)

– Chispa Comics, the Latine imprint owned by Mucho Mas Media and Scout Comics, will launch ‘The 13,’ a shared universe of Mesoamerican-inspired superheroes, starting with 13 character spotlights. The primary six might be launched at San Diego Comedian-Con in July, whereas the remainder will debut at New York Comedian Con in October. An ongoing collection with all of the characters will start in 2024, as will three spin-off collection starring smaller groups. In line with the announcement, the superheroes of this world are referred to as Chispas (“sparks”), they usually derive their powers from the day indicators of the Mesoamerican calendar.

– Marvel unleashed the second trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, that includes far more of Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, extra perception into his provide to Scott Lang, and the primary photographs of a really comedian e-book correct MODOK, seen with and with out his masks. The film kicks off the MCU’s Part 5 on February 17. The studio additionally introduced Black Panther: Wakanda Ceaselessly might be launched digitally on February 1 (the identical day as its addition to Disney+), and on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on February 7.

– Graphix acquired publication rights to “Saachi’s Tales,” a middle-grade graphic novel by Maia Kobabe (“Gender Queer”) and Fortunate Srikumar, that tells the story of Saachi, an aspiring writer in junior excessive, who struggles with seeing her mates kind romantic relationships. Kobabe harassed the e-book is a safer various to the controversial “Gender Queer,” tackling the identical themes however for a youthful viewers. It will likely be launched in 2025.

– First Second Books will publish “The Masked Princess,” a YA OGN by author Ted Anderson (“Moth & Whisper”) and artist Ollie Roswell (“Steven Universe”), additionally due out in 2025. The e-book follows Noel, a highschool cosplayer who turns into a star after coming to a different cosplayer’s rescue at a conference, inflicting him to have a reckoning about his gender id.

– izneo, the comics studying service based mostly in France, introduced they’re closing down, stating, “As we’re restructuring to offer you a good higher studying expertise, you’ll now not have entry to the English retailer.” The shop and membership might be closed on January 31. “On that date, the publishers’ catalogues will now not be obtainable for session or buy apart from Europe Comics and Cinebook,” they defined. “These two [publishers] may have a bit within the French retailer so that you can proceed studying in English. The interface you should have entry to if you log in, few weeks after closure, might be in French. Your purchases will clearly hold their authentic language.”

– Over in France itself, cartoonist Bastien Vives (“Lastman,” “Olympia”) and two of his publishers are being investigated by authorities over complaints that a few of his books might be thought of baby pornography. Vives has been underneath fireplace for the previous month over portrayals of incest and pedophilia in his work, in addition to for abusive feedback in the direction of cartoonist Emma, inflicting the Angoulême Worldwide Comics Competition to take away him as a visitor of honor from this month’s occasion. Vives, 38, has responded to the controversy with an announcement condemning pedophilia, rape tradition, and violence towards girls, and apologizing to Emma. You possibly can learn extra on the occasions previous the investigation at ARTnews, though please remember the report incorporates descriptions of genuinely graphic and disturbing content material.